Conflict & Justice

Obama Announces US Leaving Iraq

All US troops will be pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year, President Barack Obama has announced.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

He ordered a complete withdrawal from the country, nearly nine years after the invasion under President George W Bush.

About 39,000 US troops remain in Iraq, down from a peak of 165,000 in 2008.

The US and Iraq were in "full agreement" on how to move forward, Mr Obama said, adding: "The US will leave Iraq with its head held high."

Before the speech the White House said: "This will allow us to say definitively that the Iraq war is over," and said the US and Iraq would work as two sovereign nations.

Anchor Lisa Mullins discusses the announcement with former New York Times Baghdad bureu chief John Burns.

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